What happens in the materials lab?

Lisa has been videoing some of her work recently, take a look below to see what our Research Engineers get up to!

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IDC research engineer Lisa is polishing miniature gears ready for etching, in order to determine the effects of various machining parameters on the finished part. Etching will reveal the altered structure of the brass on the surface, caused by the machining process.


Who doesn't love a good microscope? This one, in the materials preparation lab at the University of Sheffield, is great for very quick observation of samples during processing.

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.